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05 January 2007 @ 08:52 am
 
I managed to cook something for dinner last night that was nearly too hot for us to eat ... I'd forgotten that the Thai cookery book I have doesn't tone things down for the Westerners as much as my other cookery books. Next time I shall remember to de-seed at least one of the chillis ;)

Managed to get caught up with quite a lot of the housework, so I'll be back into the proper routines by next week (there's still a couple of outstanding things to do today). The only thing I forgot to do was find out how long in advance I have to order Euros from the bank, I suspect I can just walk in and get some, but it'd be wise to check that in advance ;) Oh, and I didn't do anything about finding out about the E111 replacement stuff. But that all has to wait till Monday now, as that's when I'll next be in town.
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hatter on January 5th, 2007 09:50 am (UTC)
Forex at the bank probably depends how much you want. My lot (ltsb) like you to order one day and pick up the next - you can order online, and optionally have them deliver. That said, have you investigated other places that might give you a better rate ? Travel agents and other plaees may match rates elsewhere, see what amex are giving as a starting point (I'm guessing there aren't any amex offices convenient to actually change there).

Though mostly I go to grotty places in central london now - often get barely a cent under the mid-rate for dollars, while banks may be offering 10c or more under, or I order at online rates for collecting at the airport.


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Jonathanmcurtains on January 5th, 2007 10:36 am (UTC)
The Post Office at Adastral Park was the best value and most convenient place to exchange money, last time I needed to, if you know anyone that works there ;)
hobnob on January 5th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
E111 replacement
The E111 is replaced with the European Health Insurance Card; I got mine entirely online at http://www.ehic.org.uk. It arrived about three working days after I completed the website.
contents under pressure / handle with care: elsewhere - she's got a map of the worldgraphxgrrl on January 5th, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, that reminds me that I need to get a small amount of both pounds and euros before I leave--I usually get pretty good exchange rates from my bank via using straight bank machines though.
susanc: montecarlo1susanc on January 5th, 2007 09:12 pm (UTC)
I'm assuming you want just enough to get you to the nearest ATM once at your destination? Typically I would just go straight to the cash machine upon arrival. I did that for each of the times I've arrived Europe. Have a lovely trip!